Robert Atkins G.I. Joe prints available at a great price for a great collection

Robert Atkins has been a fan favorite G.I. Joe artist for the past few years, and as a result, he has built an impressive library of G.I. Joe themed artwork.  He’s offered prints for sale at many of his conventions, and this high quality work has pleased a bunch of G.I. Joe fans across the world.

Now, he is partnering with someone to offer a large collection of awesome G.I. Joe prints at a fantastic discount price.  The information is below:

Robert Atkins “Declassified”.

A limited edition of 100, numbered and signed featuring 30 color prints of some of Robert’s best GI Joe drawings.

30 11″x17″ color prints on heavyweight paper, suitable for framing packaged in a heavy duty archival box

Includes covers (sans text/headlines, etc) from GI Joe issues #1, #13, #14, #16, #17, #18 (4 variants), #21, Snake Eyes #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #9, #10, #13 (2 variants), #18, along with portraits of Cobra Commander, Zartan, Lady Jaye, Storm Shadow & Snake Eyes and more.

The color prints sell for $15 each at the conventions, so all 30 prints would cost you $450 individually. You can get this set of 30 prints for $200 plus shipping & handling.

First 10 orders get free shipping (domestic US only!). Email or paypal dirkv@groovedis.com for more info.

This is an awesome opportunity to own some great, high quality G.I. Joe prints at a fantastic price.  With only 100 of these available, they won’t last long, so grab ’em while you can!  Check out images of some of these prints below:

 

G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club Figure Subscription Service Round 5 is arriving!

No spoilers here, but reports are coming throughout the web that Figure Subscription Service round 5 is now hitting mailboxes!  This is the second to last shipment, which means we are on the verge of discovering who that mysterious 13th figure is going to be.  Can’t wait!  I know some folks get annoyed at the whole surprise angle, but I’m really loving it, and I’m looking forward to the revelation.

For those who are interested in spoiling themselves, this thread on YoJoe.com has the characters, and HissTank.com has some images.

The Baroness to be reformatted for G.I. Joe 3?

Take this with a grain of salt, as Rhett Reese  and Paul Wernick have not even been officially announced as the writers for the third G.I. Joe film, but according to IGN (who spoke to them directly) they are already filtering through ideas for G.I. Joe 3, and high on the list is bringing back The Baroness.

Personally, I can see why they’d want to revisit The Baroness, and hopefully re-orient her backstory a little bit… but it’s time for a little confession here.

I’m sick and damned tired of The Baroness.

Everywhere you look it’s The Baroness.  Everyone cos-plays as her, and she seems to be every comic writers favorite.  She’s littered throughout both the G.I. Joe main title and the G.I. Joe Special Missions title from IDW, and honestly, I thought the lack of Baroness in G.I. Joe 2 was refreshing.  Even though I loved G.I. Joe: Renegades, there’s no doubt that she’s now nearing Snake Eyes levels of overkill to me.  For whatever reason she’s become this huge focal character for the entire G.I. Joe mythology on the Cobra side, and I’m ready to shift focus to someone else.

Like… I don’t know… Destro maybe?

Regardless, it’s cool to hear that there are some plans in place for the third G.I. Joe movie, and according to IGN Dwayne Johnson has indicated he’s fully on board as well.  Looking forward to the lead up once again!

Check out the full story on IGN.com.

GeneralsJoes Reviews IDW G.I. Joe (Season 3) Issue #3

The latest season of IDW’s G.I. Joe title is cruising along, with Fred Van Lente on the writing duties as he makes great strides building this G.I. Joe universe.  We’re already getting some backstory that has been previously unrevealed…but are the memories real, or manufactured?

It’s an interesting look into Duke’s background, though some questions remain.

Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for the full review.

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Whats on Joe Mind Episode 78 G.I. Joe Con recap and review!

The 2013 G.I. Joe Convention is now behind us, and What’s on Joe Mind is prepared to move forward into the bright future of the G.I. Joe brand.  In this episode we tackle G.I. Joe Convention news and notes, talking about the concept case, take reader mail, and get generally pissy about various things.

But hey, if we weren’t a little pissy, you guys would wonder what was wrong with us!  In all honesty, it’s a great, very up front episode with a LOT of straight-up G.I. Joe talk.  Nothing fancy.  Check out the latest episode on our Podbean page, or through the embedded players below.  Show notes are after the jump.

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Preview for IDW G.I. Joe (Season 3) #3

The new Fred Van Lente G.I. Joe title has obviously been a bit of a departure from what we’ve grown used to, but in many ways, I enjoy this new direction.  He seems to be taking some time to develop the characters a bit more than making them generic “SpecOps Guy 1, 2, and 3″ and that holds true with this issue as well, which puts the focus squarely on Duke.

Check out the preview for G.I. Joe #3 below, hitting comic shops Wednesday.

G.I. JOE #3

Fred Van Lente (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Juan Doe, Kurth (c)

CHOOSE YOUR PATH! You become DUKE, leader of the G.I. JOE team, as he begins his journey to become a Real American Hero! You make the life or death decisions! Or—is Duke just being tortured horrifically at the hands of the Baroness, and this is way of dealing with it—a never-ending branching series of “Might Have Beens?” Or… is it both?

*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Fascinating insight into Hasbro’s model shop on Gizmodo

Last week Gizmodo posted a very cool video about the design and construction of Transformers, but I didn’t post it, just because…well, it was Transformers.  However, today, they’ve followed up that video with another video, this time a peek into Hasbro’s model shop.

This is where some of the magic happens, folks.  Figure sculpting, paint, construction…a lot of that happens in the Model Shop.  For folks who went on tour at Hasbro in 2010 during JoeCon, we got a very quick walk through and it was some of the most interesting stuff we saw in the entire process.  The way industrial design, artistic flair, and electronics all merge together into one fascinating department of toy magic.  Pretty awesome.

There are many steps before a toy gets to this point, from concept work, input drawings, etc…  but the Model Shop is awesome in its own right as well.  Check out the video on Gizmodo, or embedded below.  Watch for a Storm Shadow cameo!

And for good measure, here’s last week’s Transformers video as well, now that some of my butt hurt has worn off:

GeneralsJoes Reviews the 2013 Nocturnal Fire Convention Set!

The time has come!  We are just about two weeks removed from the 2013 G.I. Joe Convention in Indianapolis, and I finally have everything together to post the review.  I’m doing something a little different this year, rather than a single combined review, I actually separated everything into a whopping eighteen separate reviews.

Yes, eighteen.

In times past I’ve pushed the reviews out a day or two at a time, but I think this set is so intertwined, it would be very tough to do that.  All of the reviews are cross referenced in a single hub page for the overall look and feel of the Convention Set.  Check out the main hub review at the link below, and the other reviews are linked as well:

These reviews will, of course, also be linked at the G.I. Joe Collectors Club exclusives page as well.  Enjoy!

G.I. Joe: Retaliation continues worldwide domination – cruises past $320M

Even now, in it’s fourth week of release, G.I. Joe: Retaliation continues to dominate International markets, mostly thanks to its debut in China this past week.  According to The Wrap, the film generated nearly $40M in International revenue, boosted by China’s whopping $33M contribution for the debut.  That amount actually puts it as the number 1 film worldwide, with Oblivion coming in a close second.

Over on the domestic side, G.I. Joe: Retaliation has now topped $111M, with a combined International and American total of $322M.  This has catapulted the sequel past the original G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and considering the budget was significantly less, this is obviously good news, especially considering Japan hasn’t even opened yet.

Check Box Office Mojo for the latest numbers.  Great news continues to emerge for the G.I. Joe film franchise, let’s hope it’s not too little too late for toys at retail.  Thanks to SkotAlderman on Twitter for the heads up.

G.I. Joe fans are coming through on the Concept Case Survey!

Man, consider me impressed.

Last year when I launched the concept case surveys for the 2012 JoeCon, I was impressed by the turn out… within the first week I’d gotten about 600 responders, and kept the survey open an additional week so I could capture around 1400 all told throughout the period of… three weeks I think?

Well at this point the 2013 Concept Case survey has been up for about 3 days and there are already over 700 responses!  You guys ROCK.

If you haven’t participated yet, please do so!  Please note, this survey is completely and totally unofficial and not endorsed by Hasbro, but as mentioned at the Hasbro seminar at JoeCon, they are looking for any feedback they can get.  YOUR VOTE MATTERS.

Check out the Concept Case Survey right here and let your voice be heard!